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© Pamela Haberman
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Sam passed away in 2007 and this is the first I've been able to bring myself to post a picture of him. He loved to go out with me and traipse the desert while I took photos and that is probably what I miss the most, that silent, patient companionship. The dog people will get this:

We commune with our canine friends as part of one of the oldest sucker's games in creation.
We get the best part of the deal in each of these relationships; we know it, and the dogs don't care. This is true for them all, from the most petite little curly clown, to the great, shambling galoots. When their time is at its end, we are left owing the canine world yet another debt. Which we can only attempt to discharge - through our next canine pal. And so the wheel keeps turning.
With each dog, our relationship is informed by those we've had with all of our dogs. That's why I like to say that when our time with our old dogs come to an end, they become a part, once again, of all good dogs.
That's what they are, now and for all time.
They'll be back; they'll all be back. You know it when, once more, bright eyes lock on yours, and a lanky tongue polishes a smile, just for you.

Carol Holmes, thank you so very much for the Photo of the Week nomination.

Thank you, thank you Deborah Downes for the photo of the week nomination.

41 responses

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    your signature style and wonderful narrative...

  • manoj kumar

    manoj kumar gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    beautiful !!!

  • Jan Sluimer

    Jan Sluimer (Deleted) gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    fantastic image

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    This is incredibly beautiful!! What a fantastic tribute!! It has only been since March since my Geronimo left and I miss him so so much.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    Breathtaking image...beautiful Sam :)

  • Tricia Louvar

    Tricia Louvar said (15 Sep 2011):

    i get it. beautiful.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    simply glorious!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    the photo: ravishingly beautiful. the text: lovely, ringing true

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    Great shot!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    What a totally BEAUTIFUL picture. Sam lives beyond the Rainbow Bridge and will welcome you home one day. RIP SAM.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    We have a big dog, Rocky, and just reading the above makes me sad, but as I look at the image, it is so wonderful , I feel it could be part of a children's book, love your style Pamela

  • Christopher Griesé

    Christopher Griesé gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    This is such a gorgeous image. Makes me think of oil paintings by masters I've seen in museums ... it just has that kind of quality to it. Just superb ...

  • Daniel Martinez

    Daniel Martinez gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    Amazing !!

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (18 Sep 2011):

    ~so beautiful- really stunning~

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (18 Sep 2011):

    Oh wow....this image is so gorgeous...such amazing tones and light...and your Sam is such an incredible beauty....I love what you wrote...Very moving and beautiful...Yes, dogs are special, special creatures....:)))

  • Galanis Dimitris

    Galanis Dimitris gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    absolutely gorgeous

  • Galanis Dimitris

    Galanis Dimitris gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    absolutley fantastic

  • David Bowden

    David Bowden   gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    Stunning image. The color is amazing as is the post and composition. I relate to and appreciate your narrative as well

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Stupendous.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    A masterpiece. Deeply moving. This should be an award winning image.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    M A G N I F I Q U E n t r y !

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata   gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    A wonderful image... and a wonderful tribute. Here's to all the Sams of the world.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    Great photo, words well said!

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    Excellent image. Well composed, very colorful and full of emotion!

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) said (27 Sep 2011):

    tears. i know what you mean, and the photo is just completely beautiful. a good dog indeed.

  • SimpleByDesign

    SimpleByDesign said (27 Sep 2011):

    Surreal!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Beautiful photo and narrative!

  • nils carlson

    nils carlson said (3 Oct 2011):

    What a feeling!! Very good shot and work-

  • Rebecca Delekta

    Rebecca Delekta   said (6 Oct 2011):

    This is a stunning shot, accompanied by such warm and thoughtful words. I do believe losing such a wonderful companion is one of the worst heartaches in the world, but lost loves will always watch over us.

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (5 Nov 2011):

    A very touching and sincere tribute to our best friends, may his memory live on forever in your heart. An absolute breathtaking portrait of him!

  • Christopher murray

    Christopher murray said (1 Dec 2011):

    I feel the death coming in on him, along with a beautiful after life. I see the emotion you put forth in the editing. A lot of depth in this photo.

  • MARCO MEYO

    MARCO MEYO   gave props (4 Dec 2011):

    WoW!! NICE!!!!...... brilliant colors...

  • Jeremy Scarbrough

    Jeremy Scarbrough (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2012):

    Wow, what a shot!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    I'm a dog person, so I get it. What an exquisite photograph!

  • Melissa Hall

    Melissa Hall said (5 Mar 2012):

    Epic processing and what a fitting tribute to Sam.

  • Barb Rexroat

    Barb Rexroat gave props (6 Mar 2012):

    Great photo. True words. Dogs are angels from Heaven and you get the right one at the right time.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (10 Mar 2012):

    Very painterly and very pretty photo!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    excellent, good luck

  • Bill Lacoix

    Bill Lacoix said (29 Mar 2012):

    Wow....it's just fun to look at!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (12 Jun 2012):

    Wow, fantastic!

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